Batman: Digital Justice
is a graphic novel written by Pepe Moreno, published in 1990 by DC Comics, which follows the attempts of Legacy Character
James Gordon (the Commissioner's grandson) to become the new Batman
for a new era.
The story takes place "sometime into the next century" in a Cyber Punk
Gotham City which is being overrun once again by crime, aided by several high-ranking officials. The police force's robotic lapdogs, the so-called "servo enforcers", are going berserk and killing random citizens, ostensibly in the course of duty; but Jim Gordon becomes suspicious when he is unable to verify their internal memory logs nor even to positively identify any of the victims, and suspects that someone with high-level computer access
is using the servos as private assassins. In an attempt to get him off the case, his superiors
put him on bodyguard duty for arrogant superstar Gata, but Gordon will not be distracted. However, as the investigation continues, Gordon's partner Lena
is murdered, and Gordon himself narrowly escapes a similar fate.
Gordon, skirting the Despair Event Horizon
, happens upon a crumbling statue — of Gotham's 20th Century hero Batman. He subsequently finds an old costume among his grandfather's personal effects... and the Batman is reborn. Unfortunately, one of his oldest and most deadly foes has also resurfaced, and will stop at nothing short of the utter and complete destruction of Batman.Batman: Digital Justice
is also particularly noteworthy for being written and illustrated entirely
using computer-generated images, a'la the movie TRON
. While not the first all-digital comic (that honor goes to the 1985 series Shatter
), Digital Justice
was a radical departure from the dot-matrix look of its predecessor, utilizing then-advanced graphics and even 3-D modelling techniques to create a pseudo-photorealistic look.
This graphic novel contains examples of: